The Watermen

Download or Read eBook The Watermen PDF written by Michael Loynd and published by Ballantine Books. This book was released on 2023-06-13 with total page 417 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
The Watermen

Book Synopsis The Watermen by : Michael Loynd

The feel-good underdog story of the first American swimmer to win Olympic gold, set against the turbulent rebirth of the modern Games, that “bring[s] to life an inspiring figure and illuminate[s] an overlooked chapter in America’s sports history” (The Wall Street Journal) “Once or twice in a decade, one of these stories . . . like Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken [or] Daniel Brown’s The Boys in the Boat . . . captures the imagination of the public. . . . Add The Watermen by Michael Loynd to this illustrious list.”—Swimming World Winner of the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Paragon Award and the Buck Dawson Authors Award In the early twentieth century, few Americans knew how to swim, and swimming as a competitive sport was almost unheard of. That is, until Charles Daniels took to the water. On the surface, young Charles had it all: high-society parents, a place at an exclusive New York City prep school, summer vacations in the Adirondacks. But the scrawny teenager suffered from extreme anxiety thanks to a sadistic father who mired the family in bankruptcy and scandal before abandoning Charles and his mother altogether. Charles’s only source of joy was swimming. But with no one to teach him, he struggled with technique—until he caught the eye of two immigrant coaches hell-bent on building a U.S. swim program that could rival the British Empire’s seventy-year domination of the sport. Interwoven with the story of Charles’s efforts to overcome his family’s disgrace is the compelling history of the struggle to establish the modern Olympics in an era when competitive sports were still in their infancy. When the powerful British Empire finally legitimized the Games by hosting the fourth Olympiad in 1908, Charles’s hard-fought rise climaxed in a gold-medal race where British judges prepared a trap to ensure the American upstart’s defeat. Set in the early days of a rapidly changing twentieth century, The Watermen—a term used at the time to describe men skilled in water sports—tells an engrossing story of grit, of the growth of a major new sport in which Americans would prevail, and of a young man’s determination to excel.

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  • Publisher – Ballantine Books
  • Total Pages – 417
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780593357064
  • ISBN-13 – 059335706X

The Watermen

Download or Read eBook The Watermen PDF written by James A. Michener and published by Dial Press Trade Paperback. This book was released on 2014-04-15 with total page 209 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
The Watermen

Book Synopsis The Watermen by : James A. Michener

Showcasing the evocative artwork created by John Moll for this special edition, James A. Michener’s The Watermen is a unique tribute to the adventurous seafarers of the Chesapeake Bay. Excerpted from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author’s classic Chesapeake, this enthralling novel has a unity and a spirit all its own, telling the story of the bay and its wildlife, but especially of the watermen, from their favorite pastimes to their rivalries in hunting, oystering, racing, and fighting. Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly conceived, The Watermen is a narrative and visual feast from one of America’s favorite storytellers. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Hawaii. Praise for Chesapeake “Another of James Michener’s great mines of narrative, character and lore.”—The Wall Street Journal “[A] marvelous panorama of history seen in the lives of symbolic people of the ages . . . an emotionally and intellectually appealing book.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution “Michener’s most ambitious work of fiction in theme and scope.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer “Magnificently written . . . one of those rare novels that is enthusiastically passed from friend to friend.”—Associated Press

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  • Publisher – Dial Press Trade Paperback
  • Total Pages – 209
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780804151610
  • ISBN-13 – 080415161X

The Waterman's Song

Download or Read eBook The Waterman's Song PDF written by David S. Cecelski and published by UNC Press Books. This book was released on 2012-01-01 with total page 325 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
The Waterman's Song

Book Synopsis The Waterman's Song by : David S. Cecelski

The first major study of slavery in the maritime South, The Waterman's Song chronicles the world of slave and free black fishermen, pilots, rivermen, sailors, ferrymen, and other laborers who, from the colonial era through Reconstruction, plied the vast inland waters of North Carolina from the Outer Banks to the upper reaches of tidewater rivers. Demonstrating the vitality and significance of this local African American maritime culture, David Cecelski also reveals its connections to the Afro-Caribbean, the relatively egalitarian work culture of seafaring men who visited nearby ports, and the revolutionary political tides that coursed throughout the black Atlantic. Black maritime laborers played an essential role in local abolitionist activity, slave insurrections, and other antislavery activism. They also boatlifted thousands of slaves to freedom during the Civil War. But most important, Cecelski says, they carried an insurgent, democratic vision born in the maritime districts of the slave South into the political maelstrom of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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  • Publisher – UNC Press Books
  • Total Pages – 325
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780807869727
  • ISBN-13 – 0807869724

The Watermen

Download or Read eBook The Watermen PDF written by James A. Michener and published by Dial Press Trade Paperback. This book was released on 2016-04-12 with total page 209 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
The Watermen

Book Synopsis The Watermen by : James A. Michener

Showcasing the evocative artwork created by John Moll for this special edition, James A. Michener’s The Watermen is a unique tribute to the adventurous seafarers of the Chesapeake Bay. Excerpted from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author’s classic Chesapeake, this enthralling novel has a unity and a spirit all its own, telling the story of the bay and its wildlife, but especially of the watermen, from their favorite pastimes to their rivalries in hunting, oystering, racing, and fighting. Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly conceived, The Watermen is a narrative and visual feast from one of America’s favorite storytellers. Praise for Chesapeake “Another of James Michener’s great mines of narrative, character and lore.”—The Wall Street Journal “[A] marvelous panorama of history seen in the lives of symbolic people of the ages . . . an emotionally and intellectually appealing book.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution “Michener’s most ambitious work of fiction in theme and scope.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer “Magnificently written . . . one of those rare novels that is enthusiastically passed from friend to friend.”—Associated Press

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  • Publisher – Dial Press Trade Paperback
  • Total Pages – 209
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780812986846
  • ISBN-13 – 0812986849

The Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay

Download or Read eBook The Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay PDF written by John Hurt Whitehead and published by Cornell Maritime Press/Tidewater Publishers. This book was released on 1987-01-01 with total page 166 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
The Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay

Book Synopsis The Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay by : John Hurt Whitehead

Photographs depict the daily life of Chesapeake Bay fisherman and are accompanied by the comments and observations of the watermen

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  • Publisher – Cornell Maritime Press/Tidewater Publishers
  • Total Pages – 166
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  • ISBN-10 – 0870333747
  • ISBN-13 – 9780870333743